ATF: Science Assessment Work Update

The Assessment Task Force met on Tuesday to continue work on recommendations for a statewide science assessment.

Among other work, two important recommendations were adopted by the Task Force, which will guide our current work.

  1. The Task Force will recommend a short-term assessment that will be used no longer than the 2019-20 school year.
  2. The Task Force will recommend that the science assessment be administered once in each of the three grade bands (grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) in the short-term.

Implementation of the second recommendation will require legislative action, as Iowa Code currently requires that science assessments be administered to students in grades three through eleven, beginning in the 2016-17 school year.